Nonimmigrant Visas

How to Apply for a Visa

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Ecuador has two locations where you can apply for a visa – the Embassy in Quito and the Consulate in Guayaquil.  Please choose the location that best suits your needs regarding timing and travel.

If you would like to know the current wait time for an appointment, please refer to the Visa Wait Times web site.

Important Notice

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27 to enhance the security of the U.S. visa process worldwide. Effective immediately, the Department of State will require visa interviews for all visa applicants except:

  • Applicants who previously held a visa in the same category that expired less than 12 months prior to the new application.
  • Diplomatic and official visa applicants from foreign governments and international organizations.
  • Applicants under the age of 14, or over the age of 79;

This may impact the wait time for scheduling an appointment at the Consulate. Individuals planning travel to the United States are advised to begin the visa application process as far in advance as possible.

As always, a consular officer must require that any applicant appear for an in-person interview in any situation where information provided on the application or during the screening process indicates any reason for further questioning.

All visa applications, including those cases above, for which the visa interview is waived, are subject to the same rigorous security screening.

The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while ensuring the security of U.S. borders and the American people. Additional information on the visa process can be found at travel.state.gov.

 

Please be aware that all visa applicants will go through Embassy security checks prior to entering the Consular Section..

The following items are not permitted in the Consular Section:

  • Purses
  • Briefcases
  • Electronics
  • Cell phones
  • Food
  • Drinks

Only minors under 18 years old, elderly and handicapped applicants can be accompanied.

  • All visa applicants between 14 and 79 years old, except for diplomatic or official visas, will be fingerprinted before the interview. The electronic scanning procedure takes only a few seconds and does not use ink.
  • If fingers are bandaged or are otherwise unprintable because of temporary conditions (e.g., cuts, blisters, wounds of any character, etc.) the visa applicant will not be interviewed that day and must reschedule the interview within a year from the date of the visa application fee payment, when the temporary conditions have healed.
  • Travelers entering the U.S. will have their fingerprints matched to those collected at the time of the visa application to prevent the use of the visa by anyone other than the individual to whom it was issued.
  • Visa applicants who decline to have their fingerprints scanned will not be able to complete the visa application.

You should arrive to the consulate 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Every effort will be made to ensure a minimal wait time, however unforeseen circumstances and high volume of applications make wait times unpredictable.

The documents required for the interview (forms, supporting documents, etc.) vary according to the category of visa you are requesting.  For detailed information please review categories of visas.  It is important that all forms are filled out completely and truthfully.

NOTE: If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States due to an emergency, please review the criteria for expedited appointments below.  If you feel that your circumstances fall within the listed situations, you may request an expedited appointment through the appointment system at https://usvisa-info.com/.  You may be asked to provide supporting documentation.

The following situations may qualify for expedited appointments or as emergencies:

  • Medical emergency; a written note from the attending physician indicating the specific nature of the emergency must be provided.  The note must include the physician’s contact information.
  • Death of an immediate family member; a written note or report from a competent authority in the U.S., indicating where and when the death occurred must be provided.
  • Business emergency, defined as an event that could not be foreseen, and does not generally include conference travel; a letter on company letterhead explaining the urgent and last-minute nature of the travel must be provided.
  • Students, where the required I-20 or DS-2019 was delayed; the approval date of the I-20 or DS-2019 must reflect this delay.
  • Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries whose passport was lost or stolen while visiting Ecuador.

If your passport with a valid or expired U.S. visa is stolen or lost, please report the incident immediately to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is closest to your residence, including a copy of the police report, a signed declaration by you notifying us of the incident, a copy of your identity card, and a telephone number in case we need to contact you, to:

Attention: Non-Immigrant Visas
In Guayaquilnivguayaquil@state.gov
In Quitofraudequito@state.gov

If you want to obtain another tourist visa please visit the Visa Services page:  https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-EC/

On the day of your interview, you should bring a copy of the police report if you have not already reported it to the Embassy or Consulate, and an original Migratory Movement document. You can obtain the Migratory Movement from the Immigration Police.

Please note that once your passport is reported stolen or lost, the visa will be electronically cancelled, which means that it cannot again be used to travel to the United States.